Genre: Historical Western Romance Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Number of Pages: 384 pages
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When the West was wild, and man’s law favored the few, extraordinary women could be found…in the heart of an outlaw. Outlaw Clay Colby is tired of living one step in front of the law and wants to see his dream of having a wife, a family, to give his life meaning. So far, he’s been rejected twice, and he won’t try again if this one doesn’t work out. But hope fills him that Tally Shannon will see his heart and help him finish this town where once stood an outlaw hideout. On the day when she’s supposed to arrive, a bitter enemy sets fire to the buildings he’d fought to erect and he’s back with nothing to show for his efforts. There’s no woman in the world who’d stand by him now. But Talley Shannon is no ordinary woman. After escaping the living hell of the Creedmore Insane Asylum into which she was thrust to die, Tally only wants someone to protect her and the little girl under her care. She doesn’t mind that Clay’s home is dang near burned to the ground—not when he makes her feel so safe. So cherished. But it’s only a matter of time before the ghosts of her past come calling, intent on stealing her happiness, her very life…and her loving cowboy must defend his new bride—and the family they forged—to his very last breath.
Last summer, I participated in the book tour of Linda Broday’s previous book TO CATCH A TEXAS STAR in which I provided an excerpt from that book for my post that continues to be my #1 most viewed content! Broday’s fans absolutely adore her, and when this book popped up for tour, I HAD to find out more about these stories that hold such a deeply special place in the hearts of her readers! This book was a fantastic place to start within two genres that I don’t immediately reach for, Westerns and Romance. The author’s passion for writing these stories truly translates to the page, making everything vividly come alive within the picturesque beauty of the Texas landscape! Action-packed from beginning to end, this story was not only gripping, but provided some deeply compelling and heartfelt moments that made it hard to pull away from. Although this was the first book of a new series, the story falls within the sweeping saga of the author’s previous works. And while there is no need to have read any of those prior books to understand this story, there was just enough information about previous events and characters that has me intrigued to pick up more as I wait for the next installment!
“This was his final chance to change.”
As an outlaw, Clay is far from perfect, but his heart of gold and willingness to seek redemption make you root for his happy ending despite the many setbacks along the way. Tally’s brutally harrowing circumstances could have very well broken her, but she is determined to write her own future. Together, they empower each other and are a force to be reckoned with. Their relationship displays strong character development throughout the course of the story despite such a quick introduction through the underground mail order bride service. While it completely makes sense within the context of the story, I have to agree with a previous reviewer, that I too would have loved seeing how they came to know one another through their letters to ultimately cement a decision to wed. The fact that we aren’t privy to such intimate details in no way diminishes the story by any means, but rather spotlighted a personal preference that would have perhaps taken it to another level.
“It’s best to remember, girl – even the most saintly people have a past, things they’ve done wrong, regrets aplenty. And every sinner has a future.”
This cast of characters is some of the liveliest bunch of people I have ever read! Each was so distinctly drawn that the reading experience became a source of visual viewing pleasure in my mind. Aside from the obvious handful of rotten apples that you’ll despise without question, there are several stand outs that initially leave a bad taste; however, just don’t judge too quickly because you may find yourself rooting for them as well! This merry band of misfits is seeking a second chance and building a community from the ground up that they can finally call their forever home. I look forward to returning to this town to bear witness to its development as well given the author’s ability to capture the harsh realities of the wild Texas frontier in such an amazingly detailed and riveting way so as to make it a character onto itself.
While incredibly heartbreaking at times, the story offers a rich sense of hope throughout that leads to a touching and satisfying hard won happily ever after. Readers will be truly captivated!
PRAISE FOR THE OUTLAW’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE:
“Broday’s earthy, no-nonsense characters fit the rugged setting perfectly, and it’s a pleasure to watch these two lonely, cynical souls forge a powerful, passionate partnership.” – Book Page “Clay and Tally’s story will captivate the historical western lover in us all. Linda Broday has earned her way into the coveted title of “Queen of Texas Historical Romance.” — Tonya, Goodreads reviewer “If love is your interest, do not miss this book. I could not put it down it was so compelling.” Cricket, Goodreads reviewer “Trying to put this book down at times was like trying to get off of a high-speed roller coaster — the kind with twists, turns, and even loops; it’s just impossible.” Glenda, Goodreads reviewer
I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and Comancheros once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’ rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys are still caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide open spaces. When I’m not writing, I collect old coins and I’ve also been accused (quite unfairly I might add) of making a nuisance of myself at museums, libraries, and historical places. I’m also a movie buff and love sitting in a dark theater, watching the magic unfold on the screen. As long as I’m confessing…chocolate is my best friend. It just soothes my soul.